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Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant


Henri RenĂ© Albert Guy de Maupassant was a 19th-century French author, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the Naturalist school, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms.

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An Affair of State

Paris had just heard of the disaster of Sedan. The Republic was proclaimed. All France was panting from a madness that lasted until the time of the...

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A Coward

Society called him Handsome Signoles. His name was Viscount Gontran-Joseph de Signoles.An orphan, and possessed of an adequate income, he cut a dash, as the...

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My Uncle Jules

A poor family set their hopes on the return of a previously good-for-nothing uncle who left for America to seek his fortune.

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Mademoiselle Fifi

* Story contains bad language

A group of bored Prussian soldiers amuse themselves destructively while holed up in a French chateau.

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A young man's suspicions are aroused when he finds out his dead mother is appearing to his father, threatening eternal damnation unless the

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The Horla

Creeping paranoia becomes something altogether more sinister, but is it madness or has he discovered a plot that threatens humanity.

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The Inn

When one of the winter caretakers of an isolated mountain inn goes missing, loneliness beings to take its toll on the other.

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A Piece of String

A man picks up a piece of string, an act which unfortunately coincides with the loss of a mayor's pocket book.

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An Uncomfortable Bed

A man is certain his friends are about to play a practical joke on him ...

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A man describes the most frightening night of his life.

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The Necklace

A poor woman borrows a necklace from a rich friend. Classic twisty tale.

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The Devil

An avaricious farmer makes arangements to have his dying mother looked after so he can get his crop in.